Mardiros Ekmekjian

mardiros ekmekjian

June 16, 1936 ~ February 4, 2017

Ekmekjian, Mardiros, "Marty", age 80, of Valley Cottage, NY formerly of Lodi and Cliffside Park, NJ, on Saturday February 4, 2017. He was an Armenian born in Pinarbasi, Turkey. He attended The American School for Boys in Talas. He served in the military in Ankara as an interpreter to the U.S. Army and worked for Hilton Hotels in Istanbul before Immigrating to the U.S. in 1960. He came with very little, he worked hard and created opportunities for himself, his family, and many others as a sponsor and friend. He was the former owner of Marty's Star Carpet in Cliffside Park, Star Rugs in Englewood, Fort Lee Sunoco as well as other businesses. Beloved husband of Catherine (nee:Yotka). Cherished companion of Silva Eprem. Devoted father of Elizabeth "Lisa" Ekmekjian and her husband Jody Schupak, Deirdre Ekmekjian Bagarazzi and her husband Mark, Daniel Ekmekjian and Mardiros M. Ekmekjian and his wife Kristen. Adored grandfather of Mardiros, Jr., Sofia, Lily and Jace. Dear brother of Anjel Torosian and her husband Misak "Mike" and Rakel Daniele and her husband Lee and his late sisters Vehanus, Viktor and late brother Vartan. He helped anyone in need, and cared about all. The family will receive their friends on Tuesday 4-8 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". All are asked to assemble Wednesday 10:30 am in St. Leon's Armenian Church (Fairlawn) for funeral services. If so desired donations may be made to either Alzheimer's Organization ( or Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation or The Armenian Sister's Academy (to further the education of Armenian history and culture. For condolences, directions, or information (201) 944-0100 or


Religous Service: February 8, 2017 10:30 am

St. Leon's Armenian Apostolic Church
12-61 Saddle River Road
Fairlawn, NJ 07410

Visitation at Funeral Home: February 7, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

George Washington Memorial Park.
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. I will always remember "Uncle" Mardi with great affection.
    He was a man of many great stories and I will always hold my memories of him close.
    My deepest condolences to the family, we are thinking of all of you.
    Our love, Carol and Chris

  2. May you find much comfort in all of the fond memories you share of your beloved father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family, may the lord bless you all.
    Our deepest sympathy.

  3. Dear Ekmekjian family,
    I met Marty Bey on 1995 on a Armenian christmas night. I have known him as Salim bey initially. He opened his house and his heart to us that night to me and to my husband (Jihanyan as he called him). Since then I have seen so much love and generousity from him and from Silva. They became my American dad and mom. I was able to get to know Mardiros M., Daniel, Lisa, Deirdre. just like Marty they were all loving and caring I thank you so much for that.
    I loved him and cared so much for him even if I was far away from him.
    Last time i saw him was able on December 2015 and he met my son and daughter. He always kept a picture of my son biting his cheek. My son also realized how sweet he was when he was only 4.
    I say goodbye my beloved America dad. I am going to miss you a lot.
    My condolences to his family and loved ones.
    Gule gule tatli babacim…

  4. To all family and friends of the deceased,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Many have found true comfort in the pages of God's word the Bible (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). In God's word we find the promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15). The Bible tells us where this happy reunion will take place (Psalm 37: 11, 29; Matthew 5:5). We are told why we die (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12), and that Jehovah, the God of the Bible (Psalm 83:18), will end death forever (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:3,4). At John 8:32 Jesus said " and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free". For more information please visit the website

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